Necessary Errors

Necessary Errors Author Caleb Crain Viral Book Caleb Crain is a writer o

Necessary Errors Author Caleb Crain Viral Book Caleb Crain is a writer of fiction and non fiction who lives in Brooklyn with his husband, Peter Terzian, and their dog.Crain translated Eda Kriseov s campaign biography of the Czech playwright, politician, and philosopher V clav Havel, which was published by St Martin s Press in 1993.In 1999, after receiving a PhD from Columbia University s English department in early American literature, he worked for about a year as a senior editor at the magazine Lingua Franca.His first book, a scholarly study titled American Sympathy Men, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation, was published by Yale University Press in 2001.Crain wrote introductions and notes to the Modern Library s 2002 editions of Royall Tyler s Algerine Captive and Charles Brockden Brown s Wieland.In the 2002 03 academic year he was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B Cullman Centre for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library From 2003 to 2006 he taught as an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia.For a number of years Crain has written reviews and essays for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review and The New Republic.The literary journal n 1 published his novella Sweet Grafton in its winter 2008 issue while the journal Little Star published his short story Quitting Time in its 2014 issue Crain s novel Necessary Errors was published by Penguin in August 2013.. An exquisite debut novel that brilliantly captures the lives and romances of young expatriates in newly democratic Prague It s October 1990 Jacob Putnam is young and full of ideas He s arrived a year too late to witness Czechoslovakia s revolution, but he still hopes to find its spirit, somehow He discovers a country at a crossroads between communism and capitalism, andAn exquisite debut novel that brilliantly captures the lives and romances of young expatriates in newly democratic Prague It s October 1990 Jacob Putnam is young and full of ideas He s arrived a year too late to witness Czechoslovakia s revolution, but he still hopes to find its spirit, somehow He discovers a country at a crossroads between communism and capitalism, and a picturesque city overflowing with a vibrant, searching sense of possibility As the men and women Jacob meets begin to fall in love with one another, no one turns out to be quite the same as the idea Jacob has of them including Jacob himself Necessary Errors is the long awaited first novel from literary critic and journalist Caleb Crain Shimmering and expansive, Crain s prose richly captures the turbulent feelings and discoveries of youth as it stretches toward adulthood the chance encounters that grow into lasting, unforgettable experiences and the surprises of our first ventures into a foreign world and the treasure of living in Prague during an era of historic change.. Bestseller Kindle Necessary Errors ”The epoch of unexpected happiness and drunkenness lasted only two short years; the madness was so excessive and so general that it would be impossible for me to give any idea of it, except by this historical and penetrating reflection: the people had been bored for a hundred years.” StendhalThe Velvet RevolutionThe Velvet Revolution happened in Prague between November 17th through December 26th 1989. Crowds of protesters swelling to as many as 500,000 descended on Prague and riot police were sent to disperse them. Protesters held flowers out in the face of the police guns. On November 24th the entire top tier of communist leadership resigned. After 41 years of communist rule the Czechoslovakians were able to finally begin governing themselves. The velvet refers to the fact that the protesters achieved their means without violence. It was such a gentle revolution that even Gandhi would have been impressed. Jacob arrives in Prague soon after the end of the revolution to teach English. He wants to be a part of something happening and at the same time he wants to put off the looming responsibilities of adulthood waiting for him at home. ”In fact Jacob dreaded the burden of earning a living. To be here was something more than a holiday; it was a kind of rift in the net, so new that it was not yet clear how it would be rewoven into the systems of money and responsibility.--I want to write, Jacob added.”Writing as it turns out is just something to tell people so they will think he has some greater purpose than just trolling gay nightclubs looking for hookups and finding ways to work just enough to pay for his entertainments and his necessities. He must have had true aspirations to write at one time or at least he did when he knew his friend Meredith. Her suicide, happening back in the real world of America, is a blow bigger than just her death. ”A blank sheet sat fixed in his machine so long that the platen set a curl in it. It seemed wrong to write about Meredith and wrong not to write about her. He knew he was angry with her. She had been the poet of their generation--all her friends had thought themselves lucky to have met her in her youth--and she had thrown away her talent with her life. She had also thrown away an understanding they had shared, a little prize they had conspired to give themselves, that no one their age would have deserved: the sense not merely that they were going to give their lives to writing but that somehow they already had.”Jacob is part of a circle of friends, mostly fellow English teachers, that when he isn’t busy with his “relationships” he spends his evenings drinking and talking with them. There are special moments like this when intriguing people with similar interests find themselves caught in a web of intimacy. It is doomed of course because one thing that makes intriguing people interesting is that they don’t stay still for very long. ”The connection was going to outlast the time that they were going to share, and somehow they felt the afterlife of it now, while they were still together, almost as a physical thing, casting a retrospective aura, which they felt prospectively. And it was terribly sad, as it turned out, and something else, too--exhilarating, somehow, maybe because they hadn’t lost one another quite yet--and he wouldn’t even be trying to talk about it if he weren’t drunk. They had become the world to one another, both those who had fallen in love and those who hadn’t.”That it will never come againIs what makes life so sweet.Believing what we don't believeDoes not exhilarate.That if it be, it be at bestAn ablative estate --This instigates an appetitePrecisely opposite.That it Will Never Come AgainEmily DickinsonThe arrival of Carl (a straight man that Jacob had a crush on in the States)to the group is really the beginning of the end. If he had been a part of the group from the beginning things might have continued to spin for a while longer. He is taken with Melinda. ”She was wearing a black velvet gown, which showed her off--an English beauty with black hair, slender features, bad posture, and a classic complexion, three drops of red wine in a glass of whole milk.”Melinda is one of those rare people that are intelligent, beautiful, witty, and one feels if she can be possessed that she can make you capable of achieving anything. Everyone male, female, straight, and gay are a little in love with her. She has been with Rafe since before the group was formed and by the unspoken rules of such a group there are no serious attempts to pry her away from him. ”Rafe had the excitement of a boy looking forward to a math test that has scared all the other boys, not because he’s better at math but because he’s better at thinking while scared.”Rafe is a serious lad. Carl is more of a rogue. *Sigh*, but we know how women like their rogues.Rafe is busier than the rest of the group. He is almost a spy of some sort, but really just an analyst who could be mistaken for a spy. He might be taking his English Rose for granted and she is at an age where it is easy to be impulsive. The pain is less acute, because she may not yet have fallen in love with the person she is when she is with that person...which to me...is when love transcends infatuation. ”The question of how to know whether one is choosing or whether one is giving in to something one hasn’t understood. I wonder if the answer is that a choice always feels a little supplementary, a little unnatural--because it’s unforced it also feels unnecessary--as if one had figured out a way to get away with something for a while.”A picture I snapped while in Prague. It will give you some idea of just how beautiful the city is.Annie will be very disappointed that I haven’t mentioned her. She is the wallflower of the group; and yet, of course the most sensible maybe too sensible for this time in her life. She is the first of the group that Jacob confides in about his sexual orientation. She is good with confidences, but not very good at having things to confide. Jacob is at times a surrogate boyfriend for her. They do things together that would have been more fun with someone they were in love with. She is a complicated piece of the puzzle, like the spring that must be sprung at the proper moment for the watch to work. This group of friends are still lingering with me. I know their names and their quirks as if they were my actual friends, as if, for a few months I were part of that group. I had a similar situation with coworkers in the bookstore business. It lasted for about three months before people began to get on with their lives, but those three months were a time when every day I could feel my mind expanding exponentially. This book shimmers with a vision of Prague in transition. It is a chance to spend time with some people that you will wish you had known when you were at that magical age before life seduced you with a good paying job, a mortgage, and respectability. I suggest you let this book and these characters become a part of your memories.If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at:https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyKeeten
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  1. Caleb Crain is a writer of fiction and non fiction who lives in Brooklyn with his husband, Peter Terzian, and their dog.Crain translated Eda Kriseov s campaign biography of the Czech playwright, politician, and philosopher V clav Havel, which was published by St Martin s Press in 1993.In 1999, after receiving a PhD from Columbia University s English department in early American literature, he worked for about a year as a senior editor at the magazine Lingua Franca.His first book, a scholarly study titled American Sympathy Men, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation, was published by Yale University Press in 2001.Crain wrote introductions and notes to the Modern Library s 2002 editions of Royall Tyler s Algerine Captive and Charles Brockden Brown s Wieland.In the 2002 03 academic year he was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B Cullman Centre for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library From 2003 to 2006 he taught as an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia.For a number of years Crain has written reviews and essays for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review and The New Republic.The literary journal n 1 published his novella Sweet Grafton in its winter 2008 issue while the journal Little Star published his short story Quitting Time in its 2014 issue Crain s novel Necessary Errors was published by Penguin in August 2013.

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  1. The epoch of unexpected happiness and drunkenness lasted only two short years the madness was so excessive and so general that it would be impossible for me to give any idea of it, except by this historical and penetrating reflection the people had been bored for a hundred years StendhalThe Velvet RevolutionThe Velvet Revolution happened in Prague between November 17th through December 26th 1989 Crowds of protesters swelling to as many as 500,000 descended on Prague and riot police were sent to [...]


  2. Pretty much a supreme disappointment I fell in love with er, really liked, anyway Crain s writing after reading his novella Sweet Grafton in n 1 five years ago, and was crazy excited to learn a year or so ago that he had a novel coming out Needless to say, my expectations were high And boy did this book fail to live up In a word, this novel is Boring A bunch of expats hanging out in Prague after the Velvet Revolution Doing what Oh, nothing much Hanging out in bars, coffee shops, apartments Talki [...]


  3. Some of the other reviews here at and in the press have pointed out that Caleb Crain s Necessary Errors is too long and that not enough happens, and I worry that those comments are easily dismissed as impatient or unsophisticated It s certainly the case that TOO LONG is often of an excuse for the narrowing cultural attention span than a valid, careful criticism So hear me out when I say that Necessary Errors is too self indulgent and much, much, much too long by at least 100 pages if not 200 Ev [...]


  4. Admittedly, I didn t finish this book so keep that in mind with this review I really tried but eventually it felt like too much of a chore to open it and I gave up at about 300 pages I feel like I just didn t get it It gave the impression it has a lot to say about capitalism, culture clashes, and being an American abroad maybe someone familiar with philosophy and history would have found something to sink their teeth into Mostly, I was bored It was impossible to read than 20 pages at a time I [...]


  5. I read this book whilst I was away for two weeks in Seattle I fell asleep every night reading this book in bed I read until my eyes were tired and I couldn t keep them open any Some parts of the book, I d lose track of what was going on, and had to re read passages a second or third time sometimes And I still couldn t figure out what was going on Though I couldn t tell whether this might be because I was often reading in bed, at the end of a long day, usually after having lots of cocktails and b [...]


  6. I was tremendously moved by Necessary Errors It s a hard book to rate, because of some disparities in formal qualities Line by line the writing is exquisitely fine, often witty, and without pretentiousness However, reading one exquisite sentence after another can become tedious at times, and not every scene needs a detailed physical description, not every gesture or movement a simile All in all, it does go on, especially since there s essentially no plot except for the unfolding of a momentous y [...]


  7. I loved this novel One of the blurbs on the back cover describes this as both transitory and indelible, and I agree It was both timeless and of a particular moment, an old fashioned novel but distinctly contemporary at the same time I loved being immersed in 1990s Prague, because that s what this was an immersion in the lives of Jacob, his friends, and the people who pass in and out of their lives This was not the typical video game style novel that everyone seems so enad of these days Night Fil [...]


  8. I really want to rate this book higher but can t pretend that it didn t fall flat for me, no matter how talented and incredibly smart I find this author Having come of age during the fall of communism, I loved the setting in 1990 Prague and how Prague became a character itself in the novel By using young ex pats who spend a lot of time drinking and bonding in a foreign land, he was able to include a bunch of philosophical commentary on the good and bad of capitalism, and evoked well the transiti [...]


  9. This book was trying in parts, the author can turn out wonderful lines paragraphs, but went on too long There is some strong writing about living abroad, being alone, coming out, falling in with a group of friends Still, it would have had much impact, I think, if considerable chunks were cut They interminable, multiple, ESL classes have the reader too much time to recover from the emotional bits Still, worth a read for the strong parts Edit I was sick with a bad cold while I read the 2nd 1 2 he [...]


  10. This is when it s sweet to be a nanny, when the baby is asleep and all the morning stuff is done I m drinking nettle tea for no good reason and I found a French classical station so the station breaks aren t so irritating Necessary Errors is the book I should write I picked it out at the airport bookstore because the cover has a satisfying texture and the pages have deckled edges, indicating that although it is new, and a paperback, the publishers consider it fairly literturey, and it should be [...]


  11. This is one of the most heartbreaking, melancholic and swooningly romantic novels I have ever read Yes, it is a gay novel, and one of the best modern books about gay life However, the last thing I want to do is pigeonhole such a wonderful book, as it deserves as wide an audience as possible.The story is deceptively simple 20 something American Jacob Putnam arrives in Prague a year after the Velvet Revolution, with a vague plan to teach English While the country is at a crossroads between communi [...]


  12. From Flavorwire s 10 Best Debut Novels of 2013 list Crain is the rare debut novelist who writes with the sort of confidence we d expect from an author who has already penned books upon books And, in fact, Crain is no novice he has been writing about, studying, and translating literature for years now That s probably why Crain s novel, following the life of Jacob Putnam, a gay man in post Velvet Revolution Prague, feels like a fourth or fifth novel His control of pace and affect, and his descrip [...]


  13. You know how every time after the game the dumb sports reporter asks the dumb baseball player who got the key hit what he was thinking And how he always says, I was just trying to see the ball well, not trying to do too much with it, and I was fortunately able to put it in play and get something going Well, in this scenario, the player is Crain, the ball is 1990s Prague, and there is no interviewer Go Yanks p.s Pretty much all the native English speakers in the book talk like the douchey blond v [...]


  14. I was a recipient of an advanced readers copy of Necessary Errors from and, in general, really enjoyed Crain s writing For a first novel although Crain is an experienced writer , this is a very self assured debut He writes with grace and insight about a group of expatriates living in Prague around the time Vaclav Havel became President of Czechoslovakia and the country s transition from socialism to capitalism and the eventual dissolution of the country Unfortunately, what remains the novel grea [...]


  15. The synopsis isn t much to look at Caleb Crain s debut novel follows the story of Jacob, a gay American man who goes to Prague shortly after the Velvet Revolution, while the country is transitioning from communism to capitalism Jacob makes friends Jacob makes boyfriends Jacob runs into male prostitutes, whom he disapproves of I hold this book in high regard, however, for several reasons Firstly, Crain writes beautiful sentences One gets the sense that Crain really toiled over the prose herein, a [...]


  16. Crain chooses an interesting historical moment for his setting Prague in the early 90 s, as democracy is struggling to take hold There he plunks down a diverse and well drawn cast of characters, a bunch of expatriates of differing nationalities who come to the city mostly to teach English and seek out youthful adventures The spirit animating the novel the rudderless feel of early adulthood is perhaps its greatest strength Crain is also a gifted writer of dialogue, and the manner he devises to di [...]


  17. Loved the first third as a perfect evocation of either my own experiences or the experiences of people I knew when this was set I had these conversations, I know this to be true The second third devolved into weird Or is he a spy type stuff that reminded me unpleasantly of Arthur Phillip s Prague and some really horrible dialogue tags to rival Hollinghurst Really , she replied, to indicate her complete displeasure with the entire expat scene, stretching her arms in a schoolgirl gesture to show h [...]


  18. During the 1990 s, Jacob has come to Prague thinking he is in search of a spirit or mood left by the splendid Velvet Revolution from Communism The Berlin Wall has fallen Europe is ascendant with change Jacob, newly declared to the world as gay, believes he will have a special resonance with the spirit of change He has cast off the world which has molded him, and he will revel in the atmosphere of new freedom He has a job teaching English, although he speaks no Czech of any quantity.In this maste [...]


  19. OK, I felt terrible giving it two stars originally It really doesn t deserve that For it was well written, painstakingly so And some of the scenes, especially with the main character teaching the young Czech kids, were very good, along with the dialogue I was simply very disappointed once I heard about the book, I d flown to the library and grabbed it from the shelf Young expats in the post Communist Prague looking for love, adventure, etc, etc I wanted to sink my teeth into the hefty 400 plus p [...]


  20. I really enjoyed the story and the character as I felt I could relate to him The idea of living in a foreign country is exciting, and you get to see how one deals with such a drastic change through Jacob s eyes He is a young American with plenty of issues constantly running through his head and second guessing himself As a gay individual, he tries to explore their scene and finds a lot of romantic disappointment until near the end of the book where he encounters Milo for the second time and deve [...]


  21. Persuaded by James Wood s New Yorker, 9 2 13 high praise, I labored through this novel of Prague 1990 through the eyes of Jacob, an American in his 20s, sorting out his life, who and why he is and do those questions imply he should write a novel He teaches English, along with a collection of ex pats from America, England and Scotland He has an affair with a Czech fellow who s dodging his pimp and a loving relationship with Milo The prose is almost lovely, certainly an exercise in high skill Wood [...]


  22. How could I resist a book about the experiences of an ESL teacher in Prague in 1990 While it was fun visiting Prague through Jacob s Caleb Crain s eyes, I found the rest of the novel boring and the gayness did nothing for me I ended up skimming in order to finish There were a few things I did like though The description of Vysehrad being the Czech s Stonehenge and Westminster Abbey all in one I learned a new English word that Crain uses a lot hoarding means a temporary wooden fenceand last, but [...]


  23. See Paul Barrett s review above It says pretty much most of what I think Caleb Crain s historical novel about a gay American expatriate working as an ESL teacher in Prague a quarter century ago, in 1990 91, is a great idea for a book, but it just doesn t work very well Several reviewers including goodreaders have praised its prose, but I found the writng rather flat, and the book s characters not particularly engaging or memorable For a book that deals with expats in a place experiencing major h [...]


  24. I think the main reason I liked this book was because the main character was doing the exact same thing I m doing teaching abroad in a strange and much poorer country than America Without the experience of expat life, though, others might not feel a connection to it It was very philosophical, as the narrator seemed to be in a ongoing state of inner doubts, which the reader was always privy to The beginning and middle were fun to read than the end, because I began to dread the character leaving [...]


  25. Literary critic and journalist Caleb Crain has written a prosaic and quite brilliant novel in Necessary Errors It will delight many with its well created characters and strong plotline that will draw the reader into into this story of early 1990 s Prague,Czechoslovakia which is transitioning after its liberation from Communist rule Main character Jacob Putnam has arrived in Prague with thoughts of becoming a writer as he teaches English to Czechs He gradually learns to accept himself as the pers [...]


  26. A lot of the reviews call this book boring, but I thought it was delightful Certainly, there s not a lot happening, but I was perfectly happy to tag along with Jacob as he lives a year in Prague, meeting other expatriates, teaching, trying to write, trying to date, and negotiating a new culture in flux between socialism and capitalism Beautiful writing, an enviable setting, occasionally surprisingly emotional.


  27. I enjoyed parts of this novel a lot The first third was wonderful,and the group of friends were intriguing and well crafted However, this novel was way too long I don t normally complain about length, but by the third section, I was ready to be finished The main character is just so whinyd I know that s the point, but after almost 500 pages, I was ready to leave him behind.


  28. I give up I was loath to give up on yet another book I ve had a bad run of it And the writing in this one was lovely poetic and crisp with gorgeous phrases But ultimately I kept falling asleep and spacing out while reading it And I guess I just didn t care that much about the characters.


  29. A quiet, emotionally astute novel about a young gay American in Prague right after the revolution Crain has a gorgeous, smooth style The novel reminded me of Arthur Phillips s wittier Prague, which takes place, of course, in Budapest.


  30. Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens Caleb Crain is a skilled writer but this is not a great novel Not sure what he manages to say here in 500 pages that could not have been said in 200.


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